Flying Canucks: Famous Canadian Aviators, Volume 1

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Dundurn, 1994 - History - 178 pages

Flying Canucks tells the fascinating story of aviation in Canada through this collection of 37 biographies of important aviators in our nation's history.

As early as 1908, having read the Wright brothers' invention, alberta farm boys and mechanics in Quebec villages were constructing large kites, attempting to fly them. Within a decade, Canadian air aces, like Bishop and Barker, swept the wartime skies over Frances, piloting deadly machines in mortal combat. Through the 20s, that very Canadian breed of adventurer, the bush pilot, ventured over the desolate tundra, delivering medicine and missionaries, mail and Mounties to remote communities as far as Ellesmere Island and Ungava Bay.

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force fought with distinction during the Second world War. Titles such as The Saviour of London and The Angel of Ceylon seem like wartime hype, but the skill and courage that those pilots displayed half a century ago set them apart still. For the six Canadian airmen who won the Victoria Cross, there were thousands who flew into the meat grinder that was the Allies' strategic air offensive over Europe.

This book chronicles the exploits of only a few men and women -- but it truly celebrates the spirit and resolve of countless brave Canadians who are proud part of aviation in this country.

 

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Contents

Agar Carl C
1
Bannock Russell
5
Barker William George vc
9
Bazalgette Ian Willoughby vc
13
Berry Arthur Massey Matt
17
Beurling George Frederick Buzz
23
Bishop WA Billy vc
28
Collishaw Raymond
35
MacLaren Donald Roderick
93
May Wilfrid Reid Wop
97
McConachie George William Grant
101
McCurdy John Alexander
106
MacInnis Gerald Lester
112
McKee James Dalzell Dal
116
Mynarski Andrew Charles vc
119
Noorduyn Robert B Cornelius Bob
126

Curtiss Glenn Hammond
41
Dickins Clennel H Punch
47
Ellis Frank H
51
Fowler Walter Warren Walt
57
Gilbert Walter Edwin
61
Godfrey Albert Earl
65
Graham Stuart
69
Gray Robert Hampton vc
74
Hartman Paul Albert
77
Hornell David Ernest vc
83
MacGill Elsie
88
Oaks Harold Anthony Doc
131
Reid Thomas Mayne Pat
137
Siers Thomas W Tommy
141
Stinson Katherine
147
Tudhope John Henry Tuddy
153
Turnbull Wallace Rupert
157
Vachon JP Romeo
161
Vachon Irenee Pete
167
Ward Maxwell William Max
170
Zurakowski Jan
174
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About the author (1994)

As the son of an airline employee, Peter Pigott grew up at the edge of airports around the world. He is currently a research officer for the Bureau of Assistance for Central and Eastern Europe with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. He has been posted to New York, Hong Kong, Vienna and The Hague. While in Hong Kong, he was asked to write the official history of aviation in that territory; the result was a book that has become especially relevant with the building of the new airport at Chek Lap Kok. On most weekends, peter can be found at the National Aviation Museum in Rockcliffe with his two daughters, who cheerfully put up with their father's madness.

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